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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sunday Is April Fools Day -- Embrace the Chance to Be Truly Stupid

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Another member of San Francisco's intellectual elite. - ORIN ZEBEST / FLICKR
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Just because Sunday is April Fools Day doesn't mean you get to skip church. If you're a member of the First Church of the Last Laugh (and you are), it's the holiest day of the year, so get out there. Church elders tell us that the St. Stupid's Day Parade starts at "the pointy building downtown" (which some call the Transamerica Pyramid) and moves into North Beach.

Some of what we saw at last year's parade -- we initially thought we'd stumbled onto a demonstration -- were signs that read: "I hate crowds," "I may be rabid," and "giants suck, dwarves rule." A man in a 49ers cape tried to play the trombone by inserting the slide into the bell. Frank Chu was there. It has all the trappings of a demonstration, but the likes of Occupy, we fear, couldn't keep laughing. Last year, laughter echoed between the skyscrapers until the end.

So bring all your stupidest props and most nonsensical ideology, but don't expect to get anything done except feel your spirits lifted in the holiest light of hilarity. The church recommends performing a "leap of faith," which is easy:

Close your eyes, "jump up into the air and have faith that when you come down the Earth will still be there."

(It will, we promise.)

The St. Stupid's Day Parade starts at noon at the Transamerica Pyramid, 600 Montgomery (at Washington), S.F. Admission is stupid free.

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